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N.J. First Lady Mary Pat Christie has quit her lucrative Wall Street day job

Mary Pat Christie has resigned from her job at the Wall Street specialty investment firm Angelo, Gordon.

Wall Street

Cruz, Paul Sign Norquist's Anti-Tax Pledge

Both Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have been in the presidential race for less than a month and both announced Friday that they signed a storied pledge vowing not to raise taxes. Their position contrasts with that of Jeb Bush who has said he wouldn't sign it.

The pledge, which dates back to 1986 and …

Ted Cruz

Romney: Clinton Foundation Donations 'Looks Like Bribery'

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said it appears Hillary Clinton "was bribed" as secretary of state based on a New York Times report that raised questions about the Clinton Foundation's fundraising practices.

"There is every appearance that Hillary Clinton was bribed to grease the …

Hillary Clinton

Booker: Clinton One of Most Qualified Candidates in History

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., told NBC News there are "few candidates in history" as qualified as Hillary Clinton is to be president, making him the latest high-profile Democrat to endorse the former secretary of state.

More than 20 Democratic senators are already supporting Clinton's 2016 presidential …

Cory Booker

The Week in 2016: What Mattered (And What Didn't)

In today's rapid-fire political news cycle, it's easy to get overwhelmed by all the different news out there. So here's a look back at the past week in the 2016 presidential contest, making sense of the developments and events that we think mattered - and those that didn't.

What Mattered

1. The 2016

Clinton Foundation

Do we still think drones are a good idea?

Drone strikes, by their nature, are bound to kill innocent civilians. It is all too easy to ignore this ugly fact — and the dubious morality of the …

Drones

Obama’s Nixon doctrine: anointing Iran

In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a “very successful regional power.” His wish — a nightmare for the …

Middle East

Can Turkey come to terms with its brutal past?

Where do I look for hope on this day that marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide? To the brave Turkish and Armenian human rights …

Genocide

Drone strikes claim America's best, and worst: Our view

If the killings of terrorists remind us how valuable drones are, the deaths of aid workers underscore the tragic price.

Islamic militants in Pakistan regularly prey on civilians who are trying to help ordinary Pakistanis, probably because they're the softest of soft targets.

Health workers going …

Drones

Catastrophe in Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Yemen’s civil war was always a risky gamble. Now there’s evidence showing just how damaging four weeks of airstrikes have been: more than 1,000 civilians killed, more than 4,000 wounded, and 150,000 displaced. Meanwhile, the fighting and a Saudi-led blockade …

Middle East

Candidate Clinton and the Foundation

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s determination to reconnect with voters in localized, informative settings is commendable, but is in danger of being overshadowed by questions about the interplay of politics and wealthy foreign donors who support the Clinton Foundation.

Nothing illegal has been alleged about …

Bill Clinton

First Read: GOP Presidential Hopefuls Mostly Silent on Drone Mistake

First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.

The Sound of Silence (Almost) From the '16 Candidates on Drone Deaths

If you've been following American politics over the last six years, President Obama …

Republican Party

For Clinton campaign, all in the family - not so much Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's granddaughter, Charlotte, is a symbol of the future. Clinton's late parents offer lessons about hard work and resiliency. Her own daughter, Chelsea, gives voters a window into her mother's life long before she was one of the world's most famous women.

In …

Chelsea Clinton

Environment expected to get bigger stage at Iowa Caucuses

But environment still expected to take a back seat to economy, healthcare and national security.

Environment

Senate Deal on Trafficking Clears Way for Loretta Lynch Vote

Republicans and Democrats in the Senate reached an agreement Tuesday on an anti-human-trafficking bill, clearing the way for a vote on President Barack Obama's nomination of Loretta Lynch for attorney general.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said he expected a vote on Lynch "in the next …

Democrats

McConnell Introduces Bill to Reauthorize Patriot Act Until 2020

The move may thwart any attempt to reform the NSA’s mass-surveillance authorities.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill Tuesday night that would reauthorize a controversial surveillance authority of the Patriot Act until 2020, a push that comes just as a group of bipartisan …

National Security Agency

U.S. Department of Justice opens probe into death of Freddie Gray

Amid the public outcry over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, the U.S. Department of Justice is opening an investigation into the …

Policing

Walker's bizarre drift to immigration protectionism

Running for president does funny things to people, and that has certainly been the case for Scott Walker. The Wisconsin governor became a rock star …

Immigration

Running to the right

Scott Walker's criticism of legal immigration levels is a turning point in the Republican primaries.Read more

Immigration

Charles Koch: We like 5 GOP candidates in primaries

WICHITA, Kan. — Charles Koch said he is considering throwing his political might into the Republican presidential primary for the first time and is likely to provide financial help to several contenders before settling on a single candidate.

Koch, his brother David and their team have identified …

Charles Koch

The Kochs and Scott Walker: An Unknown Future But A Storied Past

Billionaire businessman David Koch is pushing back against reports that he endorsed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at a private luncheon held in New York Monday. An aide to the wealthy conservative donor, Mark Short, president of Freedom Partners, a Koch-funded group, said "David was complimentary …

Scott Walker

John Kasich should be punished for expanding Obamacare

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has made clear that he's seriously considering running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. If he formally …

John Kasich

The Disastrous Clinton Post-Presidency

The qualities of an effective presidency do not seem to transfer onto a post-presidency. Jimmy Carter was an ineffective president who became an …

Democrats

Clinton Called By House to Testify On Benghazi

Hillary Clinton is being called to testify on Benghazi as early as mid-May, according to Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, chair of a committee tasked with investigating the attacks.

This will be the first time the former Secretary of State will testify before the committee that was set up …

Hillary Clinton

Clinton Foundation Donations Under Scrutiny: Today on @MTP

Mark and Leigh Ann discuss a report of potential conflict of interest between the Clinton Foundation and a foreign donor.

Clinton Foundation

Benghazi Report Could Be Delayed Until Key Months of 2016 Campaign

The House Select Committee on Benghazi might not release its findings about the 2012 attacks until 2016 - in the midst of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

"Factors beyond the committee's control, including witness availability, compliance with documents requests, …

Benghazi

Exclusive: Clinton charities will refile tax returns, audit for other errors

Thu Apr 23, 2015 11:51am EDT

By Jonathan Allen

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton's family's charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case …

Audits

For Clintons, speech income shows how their wealth is intertwined with charity

Bill Clinton was paid at least $26 million in speaking fees by companies and organizations that are also major donors to the foundation he created …

Charities

Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation as Russians Pressed for Control of Uranium Company

The headline in Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when the newspaper served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.”

The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy …

Uranium